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Down 0-2, England Looking at Cricketers Playing in BBL For Reinforcements

The embattled England crew is reportedly searching for reinforcements, and eyeing its cricketers taking part in within the Big Bash League (BBL), in a bid to show round its fortunes within the ongoing Ashes collection.

On Monday, the Joe Root-led facet misplaced the second Test on the Adelaide Oval by 275 runs to go 0-2 down within the five-match collection. With the Boxing Day Test at MCG six days away, there are stories that right-arm tempo bowler Saqib Mahmood, presently taking part in for Sydney Thunder within the BBL, has been instructed to be on standby.

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According to a report in The Cricketer, “Saqib Mahmood has been positioned on standby and is the most probably to be referred to as up forward of the third Test in Melbourne. While no last determination has but been made, it’s understood there was contact between the England administration and a number of the gamers in current days and the ultimate determination will probably be made when the squad attain Melbourne.”

Several English gamers are that includes within the BBL. With the England Lions facet — which was additionally on the tour of Australia together with the Ashes celebration — having returned residence, the BBL is the one possibility left to strengthen the facet.

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On Day 5 of the second Ashes Test, England put up a powerful resistance right here however succumbed to the tempo of Jhye Richardson, who grabbed 5 second-innings wickets.

Saqib Mahmood, who performs for county facet Lancashire, is but to make his Test debut however was a member of the squad in the course of the current India collection. The 24-year-old additionally featured within the Lions’ sport towards Australia A, earlier than transferring to BBL.

In what’s being seen as insurance coverage to Mahmood taking over nationwide responsibility, Sydney Thunder on Monday signed younger Pakistan tempo bowler Muhammad Hasnain for the rest of the match.

The report has additionally indicated that James Vince, Ben Duckett and wicketkeeper Sam Billings too could possibly be in England’s scheme of issues for the Boxing Day Test.

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